Re­flec­tions of hol­i­days caught on cam­eras H

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LONE­LI­NESS is sup­posed to be the pre­serve of the elderly and is an af­flic­tion that is said to be as harm­ful to health as smok­ing 15 cig­a­rettes a day.

Yet the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics has re­vealed it is also suf­fered by nearly a third of young peo­ple aged be­tween 16 and 24, who ad­mit to feel­ing lonely at some or all of the time.

Which is a shock in the era of so­cial me­dia and in­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion which is seen mainly as the pre­serve of the younger gen­er­a­tion.

It shows you can’t take any­thing for granted and that face value as­sump­tions can be to­tally wrong.

We re­cently had our el­der daugh­ter Siob­han and her fam­ily from Ire­land stay­ing with us which, of course, meant our younger daugh­ter Sian and fam­ily were also OLIDAY snaps have changed over the years.

A First Choice sur­vey has re­vealed the top 10 pic­tures taken these days dur­ing two weeks away are: the view through the plane win­dow, drink­ing a cock­tail, feet in the sand, hol­i­day food, sun-lounger selfie, sun­glasses re­flec­tion, hold­ing the sun, name writ­ten in sand, tan lines and hot dog legs.

What? No pic­ture in the air­port bar be­fore take-off with full pints at six in the morn­ing?

To­day most peo­ple take pho­tographs with their phone which has the ca­pac­ity to snap hun­dreds or thou­sands of shots, all which can be viewed im­me­di­ately and deleted, saved or in­stantly posted on so­cial me­dia.

“Look at me hav­ing fun in the sun. Is it still rain­ing in Hud­der­s­field?”

The scope is much dif­fer­ent than in the days when the only op­tion was a cam­era which held a film had to be taken to Boots to be de­vel­oped.

Prints of ev­ery­thing were pro­duced, in­clud­ing feet and ceil­ings taken by mis­take and out of fo­cus at­tempts to take a pic­ture when tired and emo­tional in the Tahiti Bar af­ter sev­eral too many.

Pic­tures were of­ten posed in that era be­cause of the con­straints of hav­ing a film that only took 12, 24 or round at our house for the du­ra­tion. That was four adults and five grand­chil­dren plus Maria and me.

The day the Ir­ish tribe left, Sian took Maria to one side and, in a con­cerned voice, said: “Now they’ve gone, won’t you be lonely?” “No,” said Maria. “Just re­lieved. “Of course we’ll miss them. But we’ll see them again soon and we’re just glad to get our house back.”

Sian couldn’t un­der­stand that we are not lonely, de­spite me spend­ing five days a week in my home of­fice, and Maria see­ing her friends for lunch a cou­ple of times a week and work­ing as a vol­un­teer in the hospice shop and both of us so­cial­is­ing in the evening with friends.

We may be lucky, com­pared to oth­ers of all ages, but we haven’t got time to be lonely. 36 shots and the spon­tane­ity of the hol­i­day was lost and yet they had charm and were stuck into al­bums to be viewed and stir mem­o­ries over the years to fol­low.

I’m a fan of that kind of pho­tog­ra­phy. My shelves are full of al­bums from the past and I still print out the best of to­day’s pic­tures rather than leave them on a phone mem­ory card or com­puter.

But I’m a greater fan of the cam­era phone which is like a back stage pass to life and gives ac­cess all ar­eas. It al­lows ex­per­i­ment and cre­ativ­ity.

Back in the days of Boots, the outof-fo­cus shot in the Tahiti Bar was prob­a­bly the most emo­tive.

These days, you can get those shots with no ef­fort. Al­though with to­day’s tech­nol­ogy, mak­ing them out-of-fo­cus might be a lit­tle dif­fi­cult.

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